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As the new legislative session begins, Governor Robert McDonnell spoke to a joint assembly for the final time. It was a bittersweet night Wednesday for the governor as he delivered his final State of the Commonwealth Address.

On this night his colleagues across the aisle didn’t begrudge McDonnell some of his successes. “Most of them were bipartisan, us coming together and for the common good, and he did accomplish a lot in the past four years,” Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, said.


A bill passed by the General Assembly in 2004 says new methadone clinics need to be at least a half mile away from schools and daycares, but the clinic in Shockoe Bottom was an existing clinic that moved to that location, so the law didn't apply. That's why Delegate Jennifer McClellan proposed a bill to make sure that, moving forward, the law applies to all clinics. "There's a loophole in that bill that if it's an already existing methadone clinic that moves, that law didn't apply," McClellan said.


Delelgate McClellan has introduced legistation that would eliminate a loophole in a 2004 law that allowed a heroin rehab clinic to open down the street from an elementary school. "I've heard a lot from the people in that neighborhood… They want to make sure we tighten up any loopholes we have," said McClellan.


Republicans and Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly have reached an agreement over ethics reform, a major issue for lawmakers as they head into a new legislative session.

“There’s been a bipartisan group of House members that have been discussing ethics reform, and this is the agreement that has been reached,” said Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond).

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Today is "Crossover," the midway point of the Session where the House and Senate must complete work on their bills.  You can follow my bills and their progress through the General Assembly on the LIS website, and you can read a summary of all of my 2018 legislation and view committee hearings for each on my website

I am eager to hear from you on issues you care about. To share your views on legislation, contact my office at (804) 698-7509 or You can also stop by my office in the Pocahontas Building at 900 East Main Street. My offices are located in E512.

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry.  Yet many communities in the commonwealth do not have enough places to purchase healthy, affordable food as a wide variety of factors have led supermarkets to disinvest from lower-income areas across the commonwealth, creating a public health crisis. 

As we enter the last full week of committee meetings before crossover, the days at the General Assembly are getting longer. In this update, I report on my legislationi, the bills that have passed the Senate that I co-sponsored, and the call to action issued by African American women legislators, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and other leaders.

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